Urban Escape: 4 Scenic Destinations for Your Weekend Jaunts
Assailed by crowds, noise and surrounded by towering buildings in our everyday lives, it’s easy to forget Singapore still has plenty of scenic spots that one has yet to discover.
All that’s needed are some road trip itineraries to explore the urban jungle that we call home! Let’s take quick peek at a few of them.
1. Singapore’s Little Guilin
Some say the majestic rock formations sitting within a man-made lake at the Bukit Batok Town Park is not only a mini version of China’s Guilin, but also as charming as El Nido in the Philippines or Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.
Originally a disused granite quarry, this scenic spot has over the years become a popular destination for locals and foreigners alike wishing to see a different side of Singapore.
Along the winding walking trails in the park, one could enjoy the contrasting backdrop of green hills and grass plains while snapping some Instagram worthy shots.
Occasionally, Singaporean artists and opera singers would also use this picturesque location as a background for their live performances.
Address: Bukit Batok East Avenue 5
2. Kampong Buangkok
Established in 1956, Kampong Baungkok is now home to less than 30 Chinese and Malay households. This timeworn hamlet is the last surviving Kampong housing area in cosmopolitan Singapore.
Amidst the backdrop, visitors to this deep-rooted neighbourhood can expect a laid back and quiet ambiance, serving as juxtaposition against the busy main roads and construction site located a stone throw's away.
It feels like a world of its own when the Car Club team set foot inside the village. The four digit postal codes, connected dirt paths, zinc-roofed and old attap houses without gates or barriers unconsciously instil a unique sense of nostalgia while we were there.
It makes you temporarily forget that you’re in the city. It’s only when you catch a glimpse of the high-rise buildings on the way out that makes you realize you’re still in fast-paced Singapore.
At times, it’s easy to forget there are people still living in Kampong Baungkok since you hardly see anyone around during daytime but yes, they do. When you do visit, please be respectful to the residents there, and don’t wander into places that you are not supposed to.
Last but not least, don’t forget to explore beyond the village. The expunged road beside the Kampong makes an interesting side trip as well.
Address: 7 Lor Buangkok, Singapore 547557
3. Lim Chu Kang jetty
Another great respite from hectic city living would be the 1.8 kilometre stretch of lush greenery along Lim Chu Kang.
At the end of the road, there is a small 100-m long jetty popular amongst anglers and crabbers and it gets crowded especially on weekends.
The jetty is also well-known with photographers who sought after rustic settings for their work. The rest are there simply to admire the panoramic view of Johor and to enjoy the tranquil sea breeze. From there, we continued to make our way down Neo Tiew road, where we gazed out into the quiet stretch and contemplate the majestic scenery – a perfect haunt for nature lovers.
On our trip there, we were very lucky to catch a glimpse of fishermen returning with their catches. They were huge!
4. Kranji Country House
The beauty of being a Car-Sharing member is having the 24/7 convenience of visiting awesome, off-the-beaten-path destinations with a hint of nature retreat.
There are a number of farms located in close proximity to one another in the Kranji area.
Fish farms like Max Koi and Hausmann Marketing Aquarium are ideal retreats for many tropical fish hobbyists. You can find a wide variety of fishes and aquarium related accessories at reasonable prices. For those who wish to set up their own home aquarium, the staff at these fish farms will also be more than happy to provide useful knowledge and instructions.
If you are a fan of dairy products, then it’s worth to stop by Hay Dairies for a close-up view of the milking process. Visitors can buy fresh delectable dairy products and souvenirs.
After that, pamper your tummies with a heathy menu of leafy goodies, fruits and herbs from the organic vegetable farm - Fire Flies Health Farm. It is family friendly and serves as a great educational farming experience for the little ones too!
Max Koi Farm: http://www.maxkoifarm.com
Hausmann Marketing Aquarium: http://hausmann.sg/
Hay Dairies: http://www.haydairies.com.sg/
Fire Flies Health Farm: http://fireflies.sg/